The reminder comes as authorities warn that melting snow is creating a flooding hazard in the area.
And it’s a warning that has particular resonance in Huron County.
On Feb. 28, 2011, Lisa Roswell, 51, North Fairfield, drowned as floodwaters submerged her car at South Norwalk Road and Ohio 61. A nurse, Roswell had been attempting to drive to her job at North Coast Cancer Center in Sandusky.
Flooding kills almost 100 people in the U.S. every year, according to a news release issued by Kayla Porter, Huron County Public Health’s spokeswoman.
The news release notes that many people died in flooded roadways and that people should never drive onto a flooded road but should heed the advice, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”
Porter also reminded local residents not to walk through streams of floodwater. Six inches of flowing water can knock a person off their feet; if you have to walk through water, choose a place where the water is not moving and use a stick to check the firmness of the ground.
Several roads in Erie County were reported closed Friday, including roads in Berlin Township, Florence Township and Groton Township.